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MANTICORA To Issue "Hyperion" In October

Danish power metal merchants MANTICORA have completed work on their third full-length album, entitled Hyperion, at Aabenraa studios with producer Jacob Hansen (i.e. RAUNCHY, INVOCATOR, ANCIENT, ILLDISPOSED, WUTHERING HEIGHTS), for an October release through Italy's Scarlet Records. Mixed at Jailhouse studios by Tommy Hansen (i.e. HELLOWEEN, PRETTY MAIDS, BEYOND TWILIGHT), the forthcoming CD is a ...

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GAMMA RAY's HENJO RICHTER Turns Down HELLOWEEN Offer

GAMMA RAY guitarist Henjo Richter will not be accepting HELLOWEEN's offer to join the latter band as a replacement for the departed Roland Grapow, according to GAMMA RAY's record label Sanctuary/Metal-Is Records. As you may recall, Richter had been holding discussions with HELLOWEEN mainman Michael Weikath about joining the latter act, but has now apparently ...

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DRAGONFORCE To Release Sanctuary Debut In Early September

British melodic speed power metal act DRAGONFORCE will enter the studio on May 27th to record their debut album, entitled Valley of the Damned, for a September 2nd release through Sanctuary/Noise Records. Recordings will reportedly take place in three different locations: at Denmark's Jailhouse studios with producer Tommy Hansen (i.e. HELLOWEEN, PRETTY MAIDS, etc.), at ...

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German "All-Star" Tribute To JUDAS PRIEST Confirmed For H-O-A Festival

JUDAS PRIEST cover band ELECTRIC EI, featuring HELLOWEEN drummer Mark Cross, X-13 vocalist Joerg Wesenberg, METALIUM guitarist Matthias Lange, X-13/SHOCKMASHINE guitarist Rolli Feldmann, and PARAGON drummer Markus Big M. Corby on bass, have been confirmed for the H-O-A (Headbangers Open Air) festival, which is scheduled to take place on Friday, June 21st and Saturday, June ...

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HALFORD's Crucible Set For June 25th Release Through Metal-Is Records

HALFORD have set Crucible as the title of their sophomore studio CD, due through the Metal-Is label on June 25th (one day earlier in the European territory). Conceived in various American studios during the past 12 months, Crucible is the long-awaited studio follow-up to HALFORD's critically-acclaimed 2000 debut album, Resurrection. According to the band's official ...

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FULL STRIKE To Give Away Two-Track Single

Sweden's FULL STRIKE, the project formed by HAMMERFALL guitarist Stefan Elmgren, ex-LOST HORIZON vocalist Niclas Jonsson, and ex-CRAWLEY bassist Chris Savage Goldsmith, will be giving away a free CD single containing the tracks "We Will Rise" and "Force Of The World" through select record stores in Sweden starting next week. FULL STRIKE will issue their ...

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CRYSTAL BALL To Support DOKKEN, Release New CD

Swiss melodic metallers CRYSTAL BALL will support DOKKEN at the following European dates: May 26 Zrich, SWI @ Alpenrock House May 29 Wien, AUS @ Planet Music May 30 Budapest @ E-Club May 31 Kaufbeuren, GER @ Zeppelinhalle Jun. 01 Schtzenhaus, SWI @ Wangen Jun. 02 Ludwigsburg, GER @ Rockfabrik Jun. 05 Rockhaus, AUS @ ...

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MASTERPLAN Shuffle Bassists, Finalize Album Track Listing

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Jorn Lande, have parted ways with bassist Jrgen Attig and have acquired IRON SAVIOR's Jan-S. Eckert as his replacement. Eckert has already recorded all the bass lines for the group's self-titled debut album, which is tentatively scheduled ...

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HAMMERFALL Outline Recording Schedule For Fourth CD

Sweden's HAMMERFALL are scheduled to enter Holland's Wisseloord studios with producer Charlie Bauernfeind (i.e. BLIND GUARDIAN, GAMMA RAY, RAGE) in early May to begin recording their as-yet-untitled fourth full-length album for a late 2002 release through Nuclear Blast Records. According to guitarist Oscar Dronjak, we will record the drums in Holland, bass in Germany and ...

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DRAGONLAND Complete Work On Sophomore CD

Sweden's DRAGONLAND, featuring former PROPHANITY/NIGHTSHADE guitarist Nicklas Magnusson and KING DIAMOND touring keyboardist Elias Holmlid, have completed work on their second full-length CD, entitled Holy War, at Gothenburg's Studio Fredman with producer Anders Friden for an early summer release through Black Lotus Records. Mixed by veteran studio wizard Fredrik Nordstrom, the follow-up to last year's ...

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FULL STRIKE: HAMMERFALL Side Project To See Light Of Day

Sweden's FULL STRIKE, the project formed by HAMMERFALL guitarist Stefan Elmgren, ex-LOST HORIZON vocalist Niclas Jonsson, ex-CRAWLEY bassist Chris Savage Goldsmith, will issue their debut album, entitled We Will Rise, on May 13th through Spitfire Records in Sweden, and a short time later in the rest of Europe. Having recently acquired a new drummer in ...

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Former HELLOWEEN Guitarist To Appear At Brazilian Tribute Gig

Former HELLOWEEN and current MASTERPLAN guitarist Roland Grapow will be travelling to Brazil on March 18th to partake in a HELLOWEEN tribute concert that is due to be held at Led Slay in São Paulo. Organized by the Brazilian magazine Jornal Rock News as part of their second anniversary celebrations, the show will include appearances ...

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MASTERPLAN In Final Recording Stage For Upcoming Debut

MASTERPLAN, featuring former HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Jorn Lande, will start tracking the vocals to their full-length debut today, February 25th, with producer Andy Sneap for a tentative summer release through an as-yet-undetermined label. In a recent interview, posted online at www.helloween.org, Grapow revealed ...

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GAMMA RAY Axeman Contemplates HELLOWEEN Gig

GAMMA RAY guitarist Henjo Richter has been holding discussions with HELLOWEEN mainman Michael Weikath about joining the latter act as a replacement for the departed Roland Grapow, Weikath has revealed in a brand new interview posted at www.helloween.org. According to Michael, We intend to start recordings [for the new HELLOWEEN studio album] in ...

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CRYSTAL BALL To Issue Nuclear Blast Debut In June

Swiss melodic metallers CRYSTAL BALL are hard at work on their latest full-length effort, entitled Virtual Empire, with producer Tommy Newton (i.e. HELLOWEEN, CONCEPTION, VICTORY, ELEGY, ARK, TEN, etc.) at Area 51 Studios near Hannover, Germany. Currently in the mixing stage, the follow-up to 2000's Hard Impact is tentatively scheduled to be released through the ...

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MASTERPLAN Continue Work On Debut CD

MASTERPLAN, the new project formed by former HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow and drummer Uli Kusch, are preparing to return to the studio on February 25th to complete the vocals and solo parts for their upcoming debut CD, which is tentatively scheduled to be released in early summer. The group are planning on spending ten days ...

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STRATOVARIUS Frontman To Issue Solo Album In April/May

STRATOVARIUS vocalist Timo Kotipelto is presently negotiating with several record labels regarding the release of his upcoming solo album, and if all goes according to plan, the CD will receive a worldwide release in April/May. As previously reported, the album will be released in Finland via Timo's own High And Loud label, and will be ...

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HELLOWEEN Announce Compilation Details

HELLOWEEN have confirmed that their upcoming Best Of double-CD set will be called Treasure Chest and it will have a lot of special packaging, making it a nice collector's item for any HELLOWEEN fan new or old. All of the songs have been remixed and remastered to modern standards. The full track listing for Treasure ...

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ANDY "Undie" SNEAP Shoots From The Hip!

It's been quite some time since we last got an official update from former SABBAT guitarist and acclaimed producer Andy Undie Sneap, so in the interest of making up for lost time, we will let this English fool fill us in what he's been up to. And while at it, we'll even let him have ...

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Former HELLOWEEN Duo Announce Name, Singer For New Project

Former HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow and drummer Uli Kusch have set MASTERPLAN as the name of their new band and have selected ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/current ARK vocalist Jorn Lande to front the much-talked-about group. According to Roland, Jorn was selected in part because his approach is much more in the classic Dio/Coverdale vein than the operatic ...

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Acclaimed German Keyboardist Embarks On Solo Tour

Ferdy Doernberg, the acclaimed session musician and recording/touring keyboardist for German axe hero Axel Rudi Pell, is set to embark on a solo tour of Germany, where he will perform material from his 2000 CD Storyteller's Rain (which featured guest appearances by members of HELLOWEEN, ROUGH SILK, SODOM and EDGUY, among others). The dates are ...

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THOTEN Look "Beyond Tomorrow" In February

Brazilian power/speed metal outfit THOTEN will issue their debut album, entitled Beyond The Tomorrow, through Scarlet Records on February 11th. Produced by ANGRA guitarist Kiko Loureiro (who plays guest lead on several of cuts) and mastered at Germany's Hollywood Blazers/House of Music (i.e. PRIMAL FEAR, HELLOWEEN), Beyond The Tomorrow showcases the talents of vocalist Renato ...

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ELEGY's Parry Speaks Out On "Pain", Records ZEPPELIN Cover

Dutch prog-metallers ELEGY are still hard at work on the material for the band's ninth CD, entitled Principles Of Pain, which is scheduled to be recorded during the next couple of months in Madrid, Spain for for release via Marquee Records in Japan and Asia in April, and Locomotive Music in the rest of the ...

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Hymn To Life - TIMO TOLKKI

STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki's decision to issue a solo record that would not only contain some of the axeman's “most introspective lyrics ever”, but one that would also revolve primarily around his less-than-stellar vocals was obviously not a wise one. Having handled lead vocals in STRATOVARIUS for the group's first four releases, Tolkki is clearly ...

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STRATOVARIUS Vocalist To Issue Solo Debut In March/April

STRATOVARIUS vocalist Timo Kotipelto's recently-completed debut solo album will be released in Finland via Timo's own High And Loud label in March/April. No US or continental European release information has yet been made available. Among the tracks that are set to appear on the as-yet-untitled CD are the following: 01. Battle Of The Gods 02. ...

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